through tears and laughter

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Winchester Quiristers

In 2003, I lived and worked in Winchester, England. For a year I tended to the needs of the boys at The Pilgrims' School - yes, I was a Matron.

Tonight I was bored, so thought I'd have a search around YouTube. It was such a lovely surprise to come across some of my boys!!

Pilgrims' has two famous cathedral choirs - the Choristers (who sing in the Winchester Cathedral) and the Quiristers (who sing for Winchester College, the oldest school in England).

I worked in "Q School", which was the boarding house of the Quiristers, along with "Commoners" (boys who attended the school but weren't in a choir). I was with these boys every day, so you can imagine my surprise and delight when I found this video clip!

It's quite funny cos it's a choir music video. I looked after all the boys shown - believe me, they weren't the perfect little angels they look! They were great fun though. Harry Sever (red head like me) won the BBC Choirboy of the Year in 2003.

Check it out.

Oh, Winchester!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Our family tree

Hat-tip: Frank

(click on the image for a bigger picture...)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Di Tri Berrese

This was shown to us in class today, and is a bit of fun. It can also highlight how often children struggle so much to make sense of what they are reading. It is possible to read so that we will understand it (in English), but is tricky. If you don't get it at all, click on the comments button for a hint.

Di Tri Berrese

Uans oppena taim ues tre berrese;
mamma berre, pappa berre, a bebi berre
Live inne contri nire foreta.


Unno doi, pappa, mamma, e bebi
go tudia bice,
anie fughette loche de dorre.
Bai enne bai commose Goldilocchese,
sci garra nattinghe tu du
betta meiche troble.
Sci puschie olle fudde daon di maute;
no leve cromme.
Dan schi gos appesterese
ene slipse in alle beddse.

Bai anne bai commese omme
di tri berrese;
alle sommebronde enne sand inna scius,
Dei garra no fudde,
garra no beddse
En warra dei goine due to Goldilocchese?
Tro erie inne strict?
Colle pullssemenne?

Dei uas Italien Berrese,
Goldilocchese stei derre tree unidase;
itte aute ausenomme;
on guita becose die asche erra
to meiche di beddse
sci sai "Go jampa in di lache,"
enne runne omma craine
to erra mamma
tellen erre uat saniguenses
di tri berres uor.
Uatsiuse? Uara ju goine du?
- Go compliene sittiole?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Quote of the week

This is my favourite quote at the moment, said by my lovely hubby whilst in debate:

"I see your persective. But you're wrong."

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Because I can...

Unofficial IQ Test.

I got 9.

Average Public Servant Intellect.